Join host Felicia as she shares amusing stories from her everyday life and explores issues that concern the vegan community while learning to cope living as a Black vegan in a world that still thinks that all we eat is broccoli and grass.
Today goes down in history as the day I stopped giving af. This is all about the REAL reason I went vegan and I open up more honestly about things I've only alluded to in the past. I want everyone to remember that yes, I am human with real complex issues. No, I really don't want any emails soliciting medical advice haha and finally... yes, I am still that b*tch.
I have never seen another chronically ill vegan openly talk about what they're going through except to say that their health issues no longer allow them to be vegan so I wanted to speak up. Yes you can still be vegan and be sick. I'm proof.
Today I talk about a cringey interaction I had with a non-vegan the other day and talk about how humbling it is to exercise patience when you have your vegan bubble popped. At the time of recording I also felt incredibly ill so pardon the beginning of the podcast where I sound like I'm about to pass out, I promise it gets better.
Hello class, welcome to Vegan Privilege 101 my one time intro course/massive brain dump on all things relating to veganism and privilege.
I graduated yesterday with a degree in law and equity studies and thought it would be fitting to bring some light social justice chats to the podcast.
Today I sat down with my one and only vegan friend to tell stories about our vegan escapades and answer a few of your questions about navigating conversations with non-vegans, our feelings towards insects and what food you need to throw a successful vegan extravaganza.
I joke a lot about how I prepare for trauma every time I walk into any situation involving food, but what happens when my own negativity and pessimism becomes the source of my suffering? Why are my fingernails stained yellow? Is it possible for me to overcome my internalized vegan rage? And what do I gain from it? Find the answers to all these questions AND MORE on this episode of the podcast!
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(honestly I feel like this podcast started off a bit rambly but I eventually got to the point of what I was trying to say)
What do you do when you unwrap a perfect vegan burger only to find that it's... not so perfectly vegan? Throw it away? Feed it to the dogs? I don't know what the right answer is, all I know is what I did.
There are some claims and "hot takes" that are widespread in the vegan community that I've come to find may not be as true or unbiased as we're making them out to be. Do I believe that veganism is an ethical and accessible option for a lot of people? Yes. But do I think that we should lie and manipulate people into changing their views on what they eat/why they eat it? No, that's probably not a good idea.
Is the universe using plants to speak to me or am I just getting good karma after enduring countless unsatisfying and borderline abusive non-vegan restaurants? Today I decided to talk about one of my new favourite vegan finds and how it changed my life.
This sounds so dramatic but I'm literally just talking about food lool
The woods can be dangerous. You could get lost, encounter dangerous plants and animals or you could be slowly poisoned over the course of 3 days by kitchen staff who don't take dietary restrictions seriously.
In this episode I tell a story about how my mom tried to pressure me into eating cheese and how it led me into a vegan crisis. Then I launch into a discussion about the grey areas of veganism and how to navigate them on your own and with others without losing your mind or your temper.
In this episode I talk about how I was robbed by a vegan butcher and discuss how I moved from having one-sided arguments in my head to actually speaking up for myself and demanding more than scraps of broccoli and lettuce.
This episode offers some insight into exactly what goes on in my socially anxious vegan mind when I'm surrounded by the enemy (lol I'm kidding). But it can be awkward and uncomfortable figuring out how to navigate non-vegan spaces every now and then. It's difficult deciding how much to say, what to hold back on and how to politely turn down a box of chicken wings...
I decided to take it upon myself to share unnecessary details about my personal life and how veganism is a constant third wheel in my relationships. This podcast was supposed to be with @afro_beets but the audio sounded like it was recorded with a rock but y'all should follow him on Instagram since he's funnier than me lol
I've gotten into the weird habit of trying to keep an eye out whenever I order drinks from Starbucks...but after this, I got it's not the worst idea. I also open up about how my style of activism is changing after this particular incident made me question whether or not my actions are really effective in creating the change I want to see.
This week I had the chance to sit down with Sola and together we got some things off our chest. We talked about the trouble working at non-vegan restaurants, feeling like a burden to non-vegan friends and how to convince your family that veganism won't lead to your untimely death haha
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In this episode on top of a ridiculous story about "vegan" food spiked with deli meat... we have LISTENER LETTERS! Send in your questions and stories to email@example.com to have your rambles read aloud next week!
Something I learned the hard way is that when eating out at non-vegan restaurants you have to make sure to ask the right questions... but we'll leave it at that. I also talk about the queen of the world (Beyoncé) and her mission to create a plant-based kingdom.
Close your eyes and imagine being given plain rice mixed with tomato sauce and unseasoned boiled vegetables as the vegan option at a 5 star hotel... before you start to cringe, grab a seat and press play because if you can believe it... it gets so much worse.
Sometimes it's hard to believe what restaurants will try to pass off as "meals" for people with dietary restrictions... Being starved at restaurants is a running theme for the podcast lol.
I also get a little serious and talk about the recent trend of "why I'm no longer vegan" videos and open up about my chronic health issues.
I'm so upset in this entire episode I forgot to mention that White Walkers is a reference to GoT and I will NEVER forgive myself for that but anyways... In today's episode I talk about the best vegan pizza I've had (and not had) and ramble on about a guy who felt deeply wronged by Pizza Hut.
Merry belated Christmas! Seemed kind of obvious that this week I should talk about how I spent my holidays and the drama that came from the 3 Christmas dinners I attended. I also got a little confused??? by the article about PETA for this week's vegan news story.
Ahh, the great orange tragedy of 2017... Let's all have a moment of silence for my broken vegan dreams haha. I also discuss how Kalel is no longer vegan and what that means for the rest of us (spoiler... not much).
Things get a little heated as I tell you about the trauma I endured eating at a non-vegan restaurant for my sister's birthday and I contemplate moving to Thailand after reading about their vegan "McDonalds".
Even if you make your list and check it twice sometimes you still accidentally end up with a leather backpack. Let's talk about the time google tricked me into buying a non-vegan product and how non-vegans are apparently declaring war on the plant-based community.
So... am I the only one that didn't know pesto sauce had cheese in it? Today I talk about how my one and only vegan friend conned me into eating non-vegan food for a MONTH and also discuss the difficulties of flying while vegan.